need advice on best rack to fit on to Giant tcr1 that doesn't have holes for a rack

bubbles3

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I am planning a week long charity cycle ride. going solo with no back up. I plan to carry minimal kit but need advice on racks. my giant tcr1 doesn't have holes to allow a rack to be attached. how do I get round this? I think I will have to go for a trunk bag rather than panniers because of this. but I am a complete novice and value any help possible. opinions please.
 

tournut

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I am planning a week long charity cycle ride. going solo with no back up. I plan to carry minimal kit but need advice on racks. my giant tcr1 doesn't have holes to allow a rack to be attached. how do I get round this? I think I will have to go for a trunk bag rather than panniers because of this. but I am a complete novice and value any help possible. opinions please.
Is this for front or back?, or both. I got a rack from sportsdirect that dont need rack fittings as for front rack . Try axiom lowrider. Both are cheap.
 

the_mikey

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Your options are limited to whatever you can get under the seat, or find another way to carry your luggage. I have a TCR and it's probably the last bike I'd pick for touring with.
 
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bubbles3

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Your options are limited to whatever you can get under the seat, or find another way to carry your luggage. I have a TCR and it's probably the last bike I'd pick for touring with.
my only other option is my giant scr which I use for my winter rides. cant afford a proper touring bike.
 
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bubbles3

bubbles3

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Back rack, sportsdirect , atach where the seat release is and at the mud guard holes at the bottom, does it have them.?
sadly no mud guard holes.
 

tournut

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I see wot you mean, problem. You can get ones that just atach to your seat post but not sure wot load it will carry. It depends wot you want to take, on tour for a wk. Try look them up .
Seat post bar rack. Or your q.r. On back wheel, you can use the sportsdirect one. Just take out the bar and atach it that way. Trust me it does hold. I did it .
 

Eurostar

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You've got masses of options.

Carradice has a support which attaches just to the saddle rails. http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?page_id=product&under=range&product_id=147 I used it with a 24 litre saddle bag, http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?page_id=product&under=type&product_id=35 You can use it with smaller bags too. The whole setup was very strong and trouble free,

They also have a clamp which attaches just to the seat post. I've also used this setup, it's excellent. You can put a 16 litre bag on it http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?page_id=product&under=range&url=sqrtour
Here is the clamp on its own http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?page_id=product&product_id=83

You can also get bags which fit in the frame triangle between your knees. http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FFP They hold 3 litres. I used a pair of them on one trip, held together with cable ties. You can squash a lot of clothes in them if you have strong thumbs.

P.S. The saddle bag has this really long flap, which you can stuff another 20 litres of kit under. Handy if you've taken off your jacket and want to stash it somewhere. Or if you've been to the supermarket and bought giant loaves of bread etc,

P.P.S. If you look at Google Images for the Camper Longflap you will see that people have transported stupid amounts of stuff in it.
 
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andym

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Another vote for p-clips. Or a saddle bag. Or front panniers.

I'd avoid a seatpost rack - if only because a saddle bag seems like a more sensible alternative to having the load cantilevered out over your back wheel.

If you have a decent hydration-type backpack then you can use that for at least some of the load (I'm assuming that you are basically looking to carry a few clothes, a wash kit, plus tools and spares). This will probably prompt someone to issue some dire warning about how if you ride with a backpack really really really bad things will happen to you, but mountainbikers ride all day with backpacks - providing you don't overload it and provided you don't have back problems you'll be fine. But yes more complicated and expensive solutions are available.
 
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